Texas A&M back-up quarterback Jameill Showers, who had the misfortune to get stuck behind current NFL quarterback Ryan Tannehill and then Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel with the Aggies, is coming to UTEP this July and will be immediately eligible to compete for the starting job this season.
"I liked everything about UTEP," said Showers, who will be a third-year junior this fall and is on track oto earn his undergraduate degree from A&M in June. That leaves him immediately eligible to play. "It was nice, seeing the trust with the coaches. I love the facilities, I love the fan base, it's far enough away from home (Killeen) that I can concentrate on football, concentrate on school and nothing else."
Showers was a top recruit out of Killeen but obviously ended up behind some stars at A&M. Last season, as the Aggies' No. 2 behind the freshman Manziel, he played in seven games, completing 27-of-44 passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
He will work toward a graduate degree at UTEP. Miner coaches can't comment on him yet.
"I'm ready to show what I can do," said Showers, who expects to get a UTEP playbook in the mail in the next day or two. "It's long overdue. (The chance to play) is the reason I left A&M."
As for coach Sean Kugler, "He's one of the main reasons I committed. I have a lot of respect for him."
He will join a depth chart that includs senior Carson Meger, sophomore Blaire Sullivan, second-year freshman Garrett Simpson and true freshman Mack Leftwich in what should be a wide-open quarterback battle.